The Fox and the Cat

Quote of the Week

“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte

The Fox and the Cat

by David Noonan

“A fox boasted to a cat one day about how sly and wily he was. ‘I’ve got all kinds of tricks,’ the fox said. ‘For example, whenever I hear the dogs coming, I know a hundred different ways to escape.’

The cat was impressed and humbly said, ‘Your cleverness is amazing. As for me, I have only one way to escape, and that is to climb up a tree. I know it’s not as exciting as all of your ways, but it works for me. Maybe someday you could show me some of your different escape routes.’

The fox smiled smugly. ‘Well, friend, perhaps I’ll have some free time one of these days, and I can show you a trick or two.’

Shortly afterward, the fox and the cat heard a pack of hounds baying nearby.

‘They’re coming this way!’ the cat shrieked.

In a flash, she scaled a nearby tree and hid herself in the leaves. The fox stood there trying to decide which of his many tricks to use.

Paralyzed with indecision, the fox waited too long to make his move, and the hounds pounced on him.

Aesop’s Moral: One good plan that works is better than a hundred questionable ones.

Business Moral: Don’t be distracted from what you do best (Noonan, 2005, p. 68, 71).”

Reference: Noonan, D., (2005). Aesop & the ceo: powerful business insights from aesop’s ancient fables. Nashville: Nelson Books.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call to Action

A number of my clients are trying to make decisions on certain situations they are facing. Noonan’s words are a great reminder to do what you do best. This week trust yourself to make the right choice and move into action.